Wyoming Seminary Upper School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2007-2011|
|Sports and Activities:||Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Handbells, Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Civic Orchestra, Theater Productions, Percussion Ensemble|
|College Enrolled:||Roanoke College|
|Home Town, State:||Kingston, PA, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The first aspect of Wyoming Seminary that I really appreciated was the English department curriculum. Deviating from the "normal" high school English curriculum, Sem offered fun theme based trimester courses for juniors and seniors, such as "Modern Fantasy Fiction" and "Post-apocalyptic Literature."The second aspect is definitely the senior year long course entitled "Creative Spirit." This class is a joint effort put forth by the art and music departments to offer music history and AP art history in one class. This class helped foster my interest in the arts and set me up to be quite successful in my collegiate career.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
You are truly forced to think on your own in boarding school. Many students don't experience this until they go off to college; however, having this opportunity to think on your own is important when you are still young (14 or 15).
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Be yourself! Get involved in what you want to be involved in--not just what your roommate wants to be involved in. Be your own person and learn to act independently.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The music program is a force to be reckoned with. Don't be afraid to get involved in it, especially if you want a future in the arts.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The art gallery is always a lot of fun to walk around. Even if you aren't artistic...take a ceramics class!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was able to take a music composition class my senior year at Sem, which really helped me when it came time to study composition in college. Also, when AP music theory conflicted with my schedule, they worked with me so that I could take it as an independent study.That being said, it is an extremely competitive environment; I could not stress that enough. Many emotional breakdowns were had; however, freshman year in college was a breeze!
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I can speak no higher of the arts at Wyoming Seminary. I was involved in almost every single musical ensemble on campus, and it set me up to be a successful musician in the future. The school's commitment to the arts is evident--they just recently unveiled a brand new performing arts center on campus which is absolutely gorgeous.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
My absolute favorite organization at my school was the International Club. Every spring, the club would put forth and international food night. The entire student body would be there, enjoying each and every culture showcased that evening.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms are just fine at Sem. A bit old, which seems to be acceptable if you call the buildings "historic." No a/c, which in the summer is a bit hindering, but overall comfortable. You really do get to build a community within your dorms, and you make friends for life.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The surrounding area is a bit depressed, but there are definitely things to do. With a small shopping center and Walgreen's within walking distance, you could always get what you needed. The movie theater is a short ride away from campus, and the mall is a short bus ride away as well. With being only a few hours away from both Philly and NYC, weekend trips were always possible.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The student body is extremely diverse, and I made many friends from multiple continents. World views were expansive, and I never felt left out of a discussion.
Alumni Reviews Review School
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- Robert Morris University One aspect that makes Sem unique is Society Day. It is a campus wide event at the end of the school year. The students divide up into four teams and participate in a variety of. . .
- Roanoke College The first aspect of Wyoming Seminary that I really appreciated was the English department curriculum. Deviating from the "normal" high school English curriculum, Sem offered fun theme based trimester courses for juniors and seniors, such. . .
- Susquehanna University Diversity was and still is a huge aspect of the boarding school! The ability to learn from countless cultures and people allowed me to expand my horizon and my worldview. It made me a better. . .
Several things make boarding school special. The learning, the community, the sports. All these and more.
A private school in its infancy is quite different from the mature community it becomes over time. I wonder what the founders of these five schools would think about them today. I bet they would be very proud of their creations.
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